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Title: The biodiversity security index : a new metric for benefits from USACE ecosystem restoration projects
Authors: Cole, Richard A.
Keywords: Ecosystem management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/EL ; TR-16-5
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This technical report summarizes progress made in the development of the Biodiversity Security Index (BSI), a new nonmonetary metric designed for use by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to indicate the environmental benefit from ecosystem restoration projects planned and implemented by USACE. The BSI was designed to compare ecosystem restoration benefits across plans during project planning and across projects during annual ranking of projects for budget recommendations. It may also be used to compare monitored actual project performance with planned performance. The information presented herein is a synthesis of unpublished research and the results of previously published and draft technical reports. This publication describes the need for a new metric; the main metric elements; how the main metric elements are calculated and assembled into a metric unit; and the advantages the BSI offers in comparison to other metrics. It is not intended to serve as an implementation manual (which is under separate development). The intended audience is USACE planners and collaborators and others who are generally familiar with the USACE six-step planning process.
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